Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Communication, Professional

Date of Award

5-2016

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Joseph Sobol

Committee Members

Patrick Cronin, Andrew Herrmann

Abstract

Suicide touches the lives of millions of people each year in this country alone, yet conversations about suicide loss and survival after a loss remain taboo and often do not happen. The story I performed for this performance autoethnographic study centers on my life as a survivor of suicide. It provides a starting point for dialog regarding trauma, grief, and suicide loss. The narrative was constructed directly following the sudden death of my father, which had a direct effect on my ability to produce artistic work. The development, staging and performance of the story were altered to account for the situational depression I experienced during my creative process.

I received feedback from the audience on what aspects of my telling were well developed, and what needed further development. I was able to experience the importance of balance in an autoethnographers personal life when writing about trauma and experiencing it directly.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.